Ms. Meghan

Meghan was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the Wellington school in Upper Arlington before she went on to study child and family studies at Ohio University. This is her first year teaching at DCP, but for the past five years has been doing pick ups and drop offs for a DCP family. Being able to witness and assist children in their educational and personal growth is what has fueled her ten years of work in childcare. She is so excited to be a part of the DCP family!

Ms. Val

Val is originally from Paulding, Ohio. She has lived in Central Ohio since 2004 when she started college at The Ohio State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music Education. She and her husband have a son Atticus who attends DCP.

For the last 10 years she has been working in the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries in their early-literacy and after-school programs focusing on working with ESL families in the Dublin community. Her passion for working with children started when she was very young and has only grown as her roles of librarian, mother, and teacher have blended together to be utilized for DCP.

She is grateful for this wonderful opportunity to work, share, and grow with the students at DCP.

Ms. Melinda

Melinda grew up on a farm in Logan, OH just a few miles from Hocking Hills State Park.  She moved to Columbus to go to Ohio State where she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Education. She taught middle school for 10 years before deciding to stay home after the birth of her 3rd child. After moving to the suburbs of Chicago for a bit, she and her husband settled down in Dublin. All three of Melinda’s children attended DCP and Melinda served as the DCP Board Secretary for one year and as the DCP Board President for 3 years. Melinda loved DCP so much that she was unable to let go after her children moved on to elementary school. She started subbing in 2017 and decided to become a permanent teacher in 2018. It’s a little different than middle school, but there is no other place she’d rather be than DCP!

Ms. Katie

Katie grew up in Dublin, just up the street from DCP. She went to Bishop Watterson HS, then onto Miami University. Katie graduated with a double major in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. After working for Aldi, Inc. she was blessed to be able to stay home with her four children: Alexis, Zack, Lizzy and Jordyn.  All four of her kids went to DCP for preschool. Katie is a huge soccer nut! She was the President and founder of a local soccer club, Northwest FC. There, she has been coaching kids (including her own) for the last 15+ years. Katie subbed at DCP for a couple of years, before becoming a part of the DCP staff in 2018. 

Ms. Becki

Becki was born in Newport Beach, California. She attended boarding school in Greenfield, MA and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Elementary Education. She and her husband, Ryan, are parents to two children, Abigail and Walker, and one four-legged child, a yellow lab named Cooper. Becki has been an integral part of DCP since 2012.  Witnessing the excitement of "light bulb moments" on the faces of preschool children is what brings her back year after year. She enjoys reading, going on walks with her dog and husband, and traveling with her family. 

Ms. Julie

Currently in her 11th year of teaching at DCP, Julie brings a background in Recreation Education.  She is also working towards her ECD certification at Columbus State.  She and her husband, Mike, have lived in Dublin for 17 years. They have two talented and incredibly busy children, Kelsey and Ross. Kelsey attends Dublin Scioto High School where she plays two varsity sports and is an Honor Student. Ross is at Davis Middle School where he participates in band and orchestra. He is also on the Honor Roll.  According to Julie, the best part about working at DCP is watching the children grow as they learn through the play-based curriculum.  It doesn't hurt that the staff is like family too!

Ms. Jane

Jane is originally from West Virginia but later moved to Michigan. She attended Michigan State University and taught middle school Art for 6 years. During that time, she earned a Masters in Art Education at Eastern Michigan University. Jane soon married and moved to San Francisco for 10 years. During that time, she had her two children Tom and Maria. Tom and his wife live in Brooklyn, NY while Maria and her husband recently moved back to Columbus after 10 years in New York City.

Jane began teaching at DCP in 1991 after she and her husband moved to Columbus.  Jane has been teaching at DCP for so long that she now teaches the children of former students!  The sense of community, support, and friendship of fellow DCP teachers, and wonderful experiences with DCP families is what has kept her here so many years. 

Ms. Chris

Chris was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.  She attended high school in Columbus and attended The Ohio State University.  She has two children. Her daughter is a Nurse Practitioner and works for Ohio State while also overseeing Peace for Paws, an animal rescue. Her son is a Lieutenant with Concord Fire Department. Chris has two grandchildren, Braxton and Brayden.  She spends a lot of time going to their sporting events!  

 

Chris was hired at DCP in 1987 when the school was renting the building across the street!  Working with young children and seeing the changes as they grow and learn is what Chris finds most rewarding.  She feels fortunate that she has been able to do what she loves with such special people over the years.

 

Chris loves Ohio State football and never misses a game!  She also likes to garden and looks forward to spring when she can dig in the dirt!

Ms. Janice

Janice was born in Coronado, California.  Over the course of her childhood, she lived in Maryland, Spain and Washington D.C. with her military family before landing in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Ohio University where she received a BS in Art Education. She taught Elementary Art for 4 years prior to coming to DCP in 1992. She and her husband have two grown, married children and four granddaughters. They enjoy traveling, boating, and their summer cottage in Canada. She never tires of meeting the bright, eager faces of new students each fall and being part of the DCP family.

Ms. Megen

Originally from Delaware, Ohio, Megen attended Ohio State University, earning a BA in English with a Minor in Education. Megen is a former parent-turned-teacher at DCP. As a parent, she served as Secretary on the Executive Board Committee.  As a teacher, she serves as Teacher Liaison.  She began subbing at DCP in 2016 and was hired on in 2017.  She lives in Dublin with her husband, Matt, and two children, Zoe and Hagen (both DCP alums!)  When they aren't busy with soccer and swim, they love attending Ohio State football games. 

Ms. Linda R.

Linda R. has been shaping the minds of DCP students since 1989.  Her two (now grown) daughters attended DCP more than 35 years ago.  Her granddaughter also attended DCP and is now a student at Dublin Coffman High School. 

She has taken over 200 hours of Early Childhood professional development over the years.  Never to old to stop learning, Linda R. continues enjoy discovering innovative ways of bringing fresh ideas to the classroom. She shares the sentiments of many of the DCP teachers, nothing beats working with young children and watching them learn and grow. She especially likes hearing the students tell stories from a child's perspective!

 

She enjoys reading, Sunday family dinners, and vacationing in Hilton Head. 

Ms. Aimee

Aimee was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Early Childhood Education.  Upon graduation, she taught kindergarten for five years. She and her family moved to Dublin in 2013. She is mom to Braden, Zachary and Hadley. 

Aimee found DCP in her search for a preschool for her daughter. She began subbing while her daughter was in class and quickly realized how much she missed being in the classroom. Aimee has been teaching at DCP since 2016. 

She feels blessed to work with the most amazing kids, parents, and teachers.

Ms. Kirstin

Kristin grew up in Dayton, Ohio where she lived for 28 years until marriage brought her to Dublin.  She and her husband have two daughters, Lillian and Eloise, along with a family dog, Dawson.

 

Kristin attended Vincennes University in Indiana. Upon graduation, she worked for the University of Dayton in the Alumni Relations Department as a Program Manager.

 

When her daughters were enrolled at DCP, she was on the Board and began subbing in the classrooms when needed.  She also taught summer camps.  In 2016, Kirstin was hired on full time in the Pre-K classroom.

 

She feels blessed to work with children every day and hopes to make a positive impact in her students' lives.

Ms. Meredith

Meredith was born and raised in Upper Arlington, Ohio- in the same house her mother grew up in. Her mother's family is Italian and they have been to Italy several times together to visit relatives and see where her grandfather grew up. His family first spread their roots in Columbus in the 1930's, by opening Paoletti's, an Italian restaurant in downtown, Columbus. She grew up with a love of food and cooking- still one of her favorite hobbies to this day.

 

She joined DCP in 2014 as a part-time teacher. Her mother was an educator and she has always wanted to be a teacher. In 2016, she received her CDA and is continuing her education in Early Childhood Development. She loves DCP and feels very lucky to work with amazing people and children everyday.  She is married to Ben, aka Mr. Ben, aka every DCP kids' favorite substitute teacher.

Ms. Michelle

Michelle is originally from Oregon, OH. She has been at DCP since 1997. She was a parent volunteer and served on the board for 7 years, including 2 years as President. She has been teaching since 2004. Michelle has a CDA and continues to work on a BS in Early Childhood Intervention. She has three children who keep her busy with soccer and various high school activities.

Ms. Sue

Sue began teaching at DCP in 2011 and enjoys it more and more each year!  She is originally from New Jersey, but came to Ohio many years ago by way of Boston, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown. She has a BA from Boston University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked as a therapist for children and their families at Children's Hospital Guidance Center. Sue left work to be home with her children and found much joy in volunteering at Dublin Schools during her son and daughter's school years. 

 

Her son, Ian, is a UC alum. He works in Sports Photography. He is happily living in Cincinnati with his lovely wife, Dayna, and their puppy, Iggy. Her daughter, Chloe (a DCP Alum) is a graduate of American University and currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a journalist and writes about climate and ecology for the Charleston Post and Courier.

 

Sue loves art museums, photography, dogs, gardening, and especially the ocean. She loves her fellow teachers and the beautiful 3 year-olds she meets every year!

Ms. Stacie

Originally from Richwood, Ohio, Stacie moved to Dublin 24 years ago. She graduated from Bluffton University with a BA in Marketing. She worked at the Limited Express home office and as a Business Sales Recruiter for National Register until she decided to stay home and raise her children. She and her husband have two boys. They spend most of their family time camping, boating, hiking, biking, and watching their boys play hockey. Stacie began subbing for DCP and teaching summer sessions in 2012.  Stacie feels blessed to have the opportunity to work at DCP.

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